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The first draft profile goes to Reggie Jackson for the simple reason that there is a rumor floating that the Celtics have made a promise to Jackson to take him with the 25th pick.  We can trace this rumor back to Tommy Dee on the Knicks Blog:
Our spies have informed us that Celts exec Danny Ainge is so impressed with BC point guard Reggie Jackson that he’s already guaranteed the Celts will take him with the 25th pick in this year’s draft. Ainge personally was on hand for a number of Jackson’s game, and is a tremendous fan. The problem for the C’s is that Jackson’s stock is soaring and the thoughts from scouts everywhere is that he will be long gone by then meaning that Boston will have to trade up to select him.
“Danny’s already guaranteed him,” a source close to Jackson’s camp told TKB. “He saw a ton of games at BC this year.”
In spite of this rumor and the fact that he withdrew from the draft combine due to "injury," few mock drafts have Jackson going to Boston. In fact, in spite of Dee's claim that Jackson's stock is soaring, very few mock drafts have him going in the first round. This could be a result of Jackson's withdrawal from the combine due to the undisclosed injury. Chad Ford is one that has him going in the first round, at #23 to Houston. This is what Ford has to say about Jackson to support his pick here:
Kyle Lowry is coming off a career year, but Jackson would give them a very different look. Jackson is a terrific athlete, has a ridiculous 7-foot wingspan and shot the lights out his junior year. He has virtually every quality you look for in a modern NBA point guard and would likely be a good complement to Lowry.
Jackson seems to be Danny's kind of player: We've seen Danny go down this road before, going after a long point guard sized combo guard late in the round. He's drafted Tony Allen, Delonte West, Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, and Avery Bradley, all of whom fit this profile. With both Avery Bradley and Delonte West both expected to be on the roster next season to back up Rajon Rondo, it gives pause as to whether this is a smokescreen. If Danny is, in fact, going after Jackson then it's possible that Avery Bradley may be used as a trade chip. Danny has been hyping Bradley recently, saying that if he was in this draft, he'd be a top 5 pick. so it's possible he's moving in this direction.

Draft Express ranks Jackson 5th among 2011 guards behind Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight, and Jimmer Fredette, all of whom are expected to go in the top half of the first round. What sets Jackson apart from other 6'3" combo guards is his incredible 7 foot wing span which allows him to play much bigger than his size. He is not Rondo quick, but is tremendously athletic and is capable of throwing down some impressive dunks. He is a good defender due to his long wingspan and athleticism. Early in his college career, shooting was his weakness. He seems to have corrected that as this past year, he shot 56% from 2 point range and 42% from beyond the arc.

There are a lot of things that would have to fall into place for this rumor to be true. First, Jackson would need to be available at 25. The fact that Jackson pulled out of the combine because of a mysterious injury might be a move in that direction. After all, Bradley fell to the Celtics last year in spite of being projected much higher because of the ankle injury that kept him from working out for teams. If Danny really is serious about taking Jackson, it's also possible he may make a trade to move up in the draft.  However, in order to make drafting Jackson make sense, Danny must also feel that he has a good market for trading Avery Bradley as having both players, who are fairly similar, wouldn't make a lot of sense. If you aren't familiar with Jackson's game, you can check him out in the following video:







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FLCeltsFan 5/27/2011 12:25:00 PM Edit
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10 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    They should keep Bradley. Don't get any more PGs, Danny Ainge. We have enough bodies for that position.

  2. tb727 says:

    Isn't he in the baseball hall of fame? He played for the A's, the Angels, the Yankees, and a quick stop in Baltimore.

  3. shelbyl says:

    Trade Bradley for a promising tall inside player; and get Jackson. That's what I'd do.

  4. JR says:

    Personally I feel people might be a little too high on Bradley. He's living off this rep b/c one idiot ranked him higher than John Wall a few years back. He disappointed at Texas and was overwhelmed last year in Boston. Yes he's young and yes he can play defense, but I saw nothing of him that showed he can run the point and he looked like a shorter JR Giddens on offense having no idea where to go.

    Could he develop into a player? Yes he could. I just think people shouldn't bet the farm on it. He could of used some good college coaching learning how to move on offense and working on the J. Maybe he can become a Randy Brown type of player off the bench, but Brown benefitted from 4 years of college.

  5. Anonymous says:

    No thanks. We need to draft an athletic 4 like JuJuan Johnson or Jeremy Tyler. We DO NOT need another 1/2 combo guard.

  6. Anonymous says:

    kids crazy!

  7. Anonymous says:

    an excellent complement to Rondo, to be more of an attacking Ray Allen. I move for Boston to make the smart moves to get him, wherever. Plus, we need a really dependable, reliable and hard-working center who will "die" to get rebounds and blocks. DEFENSE at the post!

  8. Cecilio says:

    to the Boston Celtics management: make the right moves to get this guy! to reinforce the no. 2 spot - provide instant relief to Ray Allen, who can come in the clutch or at any point we need to bombard the opponent. Please do a good job on this one - Boston will be more competitive (and younger) with this tremendous acquisition. Trust me, Danny, etc.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @ JR- Wow, we agree!! I have seen no natural ability in Avery to run the point. I do see him as a scorer first. I believe he is quick enough to get separation from his defender and a good enough shooter to have a roll in the nba and yeah, he can defend the point.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Here's the move I think Danny will make. Back when he played he said that the reason why the Celtics got Dennis Johnson was because they needed somebody that could stop Andrew Toney (a great shooting Ray Allen type two guard) from the 76ers. And that is what DJ did. I think he is looking for someone who can stop or at least slow down Wade. A Tony Allen type player. West did an admirable job considering his injuries and need to split time at two positions, but I think Danny would like to upgrade at that position and will probably try to through the draft if he can. Who ever that is.

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